Suspect in House of Pies robbery charged with murder


by staff

Posted on March 10, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 7 at 6:52 PM

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HOUSTON—The suspect arrested following an armed robbery at the House of Pies of Westheimer has been charged with capital murder, according to court documents.

Marquis Davis, 19, also faces a charge of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. Both are felony charges.

Davis is accused of fatally shooting 31-year-old Stanly Kumbanattel outside an apartment in the 8500 block of W. Sam Houston Parkway South. The shooting was reported around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6.

The victim grew up in the Glenshire subdivision and attended Alief Independent School District Schools, except for high school, when he studied in India. Kumbanattel worked as a lab technician in Houston hospitals for about a decade. Recently he went back to school at the University of Texas at Dallas where he was studying computers and engineering.

According to the Houston Police Department, about an hour after Kumbanattel was shot, Davis and an accomplice held up the House of Pies on Westheimer Road. Customers were forced to the ground, and gunshots were fired inside the restaurant, police said.

Davis was arrested after someone flagged down a passing officer, but the other suspect got away.

No injuries were reported at the House of Pies.

The suspect’s father Marquis Davis Sr. said his son is innocent of the capital murder charge. He said his son gave a friend a lift and was surprised when that friend robbed and shot Kumbanattel.

Davis Sr. went on to say that friend then “forced” his son to shoot up and rob the House of Pies.